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Public Says ‘Death Penalty’ for Tulsa Killers Zimmerman’s “We’re trying to quell the feeling of ‘Let’s get Attorneys someone’ and we will make as certain as we Remove can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.” Representation Where is Zimmerman?
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In light of the reported confessions of the alleged shooters that left three dead and two wounded in Tulsa, Okla.’s Black community last week, public outcry is now for the death penalty. Tulsa civil rights leaders, along with the city’s community and elected officials, spent Easter weekend trying to head off Black vigilantes as local police and FBI searched for a lone gunman, described by witnesses as a White man, wanted for the apparent random shootings April 6 of five Black men,
three fatally, while walking in the area. “We have to handle this because there are a number of African-American males who are not going to allow this to happen in their neighborhood,” said the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP. “We’re trying to quell the feeling of `Let’s get someone’ and we will make as certain as we can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.” The spasm of shooting, in a neighborhood that struggles Continued on A3
Latest Jobs Report Offers Little Hope for Blacks
By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Norman Jones, woke up last Friday, got dressed and went to the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) for a job pre-screening session in hopes of landing employment that has eluded him since last year. Jones was not alone – more than 100 people also stood in line, all seeking employment. On the same Friday that the District of Columbia residents were working to find work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was releasing its monthly jobs report, a report that showed that Black employment for March stood at 14 percent, virtually unchanged from the 14.1 percent rate in February. The overall unemployment rate in March was 8.2 percent.
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They came by wheelchair, crutches, motorized wheelchairs, buses from high schools around the country, bicycles, on foot and from their jobs, to send a message that the spirit of peace still lives. The onlookers assembled at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial for a candlelight vigil, April 4, to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hailed as one of the most profound peacemakers of our time. Jesse Parker, 58, from Bethesda, Md., lost his leg from cancer yet he walked to the site to pay tribute to the great leader. “Dr. King dedicated his entire life so that others could have civil and human rights. The least I could do was come here.” There was also a brief procession at the opening of the monument and a wreath was laid at the foot of the Stone of Hope at the memorial. Continued on A5
Sharpton’s question, they told him they have no knowledge of their former client’s whereabouts. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., said he shot Martin, Feb. 26, out of fear for his own life after having been attacked by the unarmed 17-year-old. Demonstrators have poured into Sandord from all over the country to protest the fact that Zimmerman has yet to be arrested and charged. From all walks of life, Martin supporters have donned hoodies to attest to his right to be safe regardless of his attire.
Blacks: Zimmerman Would Have Been Arrested if Trayvon Had Been White
By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – African-Americans are more than twice as likely as non-Blacks to believe that if 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had been White, his killer would have been arrested rather than set free, according to a new USAToday/Gallup Poll. Martin was killed by
conducted April 2-4, asked: Would Zimmerman have been arrested if the person he shot was White, or do you think Martin’s race did not make a difference? Seventy-three percent of African-Americans said Zimmerman would have been arrested if his victim had been White, compared with 35 percent of non-Blacks. Only 20 percent of Blacks believe Martin’s race did not make a
“Would Zimmerman have been arrested if the person he shot was White, or do you think Martin’s race did not make a difference?”
Eighty students involved in chapters of Rainbow Push from California, Illinois and Michigan, attend the candlelight vigil in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life as part of a tour of historically Black colleges across the nation.
Attorneys for the George Zimmerman who fatally shot Trayvon Martin more than 40 days ago told the Rev. Al Sharpton, April 10, on his Politics Nation program on MSNBC, they no longer represent him and have had no contact with him since April 8. In answer to Rev.
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Harry E. Johnson (right), president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, shows the memorial site to Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Indian leader, Mahatma Mohanda K. Gandhi.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, as he was walking back to a townhouse in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26 with a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona tea. Zimmerman, described by police as White and pictured by relatives as Latino, was taken into custody for questioning and then released. The case has attracted international attention as Martin’s parents called for the arrest of Zimmerman, 28. Marches and demonstrations have taken place across the country, many of them led by college students, deploying racial profiling and what they consider police mismanagement of the investigation. The Gallup poll,
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difference, compared with 49 percent of non-Blacks. Just 8 percent of African-Americans had no opinion on whether race was a factor, compared with 16 percent of nonBlacks. For the second straight week, Trayvon Martin’s killing was the nation’s topranked news story, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted March 29-April 1. In that study, 58 percent of Blacks cited the teenager’s killing as their top news story, compared with 24 percent of Whites. Forty-three percent of Whites believe the story has received too much coverage, with only 16 percent of Blacks sharing that view. “Nearly four-in-ten Democrats (38 percent), Continued on A3
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Black Renaissance Artist Elizabeth Catlett dies at 96
Power exudes from the raised fists in the sculptures “Homage to My Young Black Sisters.” Endurance and dignity from the stark simplicity of the portrait, “Sharecropper.” In all her work, African-American sculptor and graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett celebrated the heroic strength and endurance of African-American
and Mexican working-class women, elevating them in societies that often overlooked or ostracized them. “You can really see life and history unfold in her work,” Isolde Brielmaier, who curated an exhibition of Catlett’s work last year at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, told National Public Radio. Catlett, a Washington, D.C.-born Harlem Renaissance artist whose politically charged
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expressionist sculptures and prints and her activism put her at odds with the U.S. government, died April 2 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 96. “I am saddened by news that Elizabeth Catlett has passed away. Ms. Catlett was cultural pillar in America, and her artwork tackled complex issues like family dynamics, racial identity, and social and political struggle,” Washington D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said in a statement. “Her artwork will continue to inspire Americans for years to come. May we all strive to live up to the standard of fortitude, creativity, and originality Ms. Catlett set with her life.” Born in the District in 1919, Catlett attended Howard University, where she studied design, printmaking and drawing. She later became the first person to obtain a master’s degree in sculpting from the University of Iowa. According to a PBS profile, in 1946 she received a fellowship to travel to Mexico, where she furthered her studies in painting, sculpture and lithography. Catlett’s work gained in popularity during the turbulent times of the 1960s and ‘70s. Her work, which often captured the Black experience or sought to advance social causes, spoke to a people in search of a racial identity, racial unity, social parity and justice. “The art form makes you feel something,” Catlett’s oldest son, Franciso Mora Catlett, said in the NPR broadcast. “It alerts or awakens something in you, that’s the important thing about it.” The African-American artist also agitated in the streets, picketing, protesting and even being arrested in her quest to advance the causes of her people. Eventually, according to her official website, the U.S. State Department identified her as an “undesirable alien,” barring her from visiting the United States for a decade.
Five New Orleans Officers Sentenced for Killing Unarmed Citizens in Katrina Aftermath Justice has been served in the case of the former New Orleans cops who killed unarmed citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But, according to the sentencing judge, that “justice”
was hardly fair, with uneven prison terms handed out to various officers. “Today’s sentencings send a strong message that no one is above the law and the civil rights of all of our citizens are paramount in a free society,” David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Division, said in a statement. “My hope as we move forward is that the men and women of NOPD and all law enforcement will conduct themselves always in a manner that will withstand the scrutiny of the bright light of justice.” The five former officers, Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso, Robert Faulcon and retired Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman were sentenced April 4 to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in the fatal shooting and consequent cover-up. The first four were convicted on federal gun charges, and the latter for his role in arranging the conspiracy. On Sept. 4, 2005, less than a week after Katrina unleashed havoc on the Gulf Coast, police shot at six unarmed residents— killing two—who were trying to cross the Danziger Bridge near the city’s Gentilly neighborhood to find food and supplies. To cover their actions, the officers conspired to plant a firearm, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports. “This has been a long and painful six-and-a-half years,” testified Lance Madison, whose 40-year-old mentally disabled brother, Ronald, was killed at the bridge, according to the Associated Press. “The people of New Orleans and my family are ready for justice.” The case became the centerpiece of a Justice Department probe into corruption in the New Orleans Police Department. Officials say they were pleased with the outcome. “We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement. “As a result of today’s sentencing, the city of New Orleans can take another step forward.”
Mary J. Blige’s Chicken Commercials Ruffle a Lot of Feathers
Burger King pulled a commercial starring R&B singer Mary J. Blige following controversy over her appearance and the context of the food advertised. The fast-food chain said it discontinued the commercial April 3 due to music licensing concerns,
not because of the widespread criticism it received from AfricanAmericans, according to the Associated Press. The ad was released the week of April 2 and features Blige singing the ingredients of the restaurant’s new chicken wrap sandwich. The video quickly went viral upon its release and raised a few eyebrows in the Black community. Janell Hazelwood, a columnist for business publication Black Enterprise, wrote that the commercial did “damage” to Blige’s brand and “reminded many of us that stereotypes of dancing, singing, and chickenloving Black people still remain prevalent in the hearts and minds of advertisers.” Renay Alize of Madam Noire, a website focused on Black women, wrote to Blige directly. “You still have so much more to contribute to the arts and entertainment game that there was no reason for you to stoop to stereotypes,” she wrote. “And I know what you’re thinking, everybody across the world loves chicken. It’s true, most people get down with the poultry; but as a Black woman, singing passionately about chicken is not the move!”
Outcry from the business community and Barry’s colleagues was swift, with Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells calling the remarks deplorable, and five Maryland lawmakers of Asian descent speaking out against Barry. “At best, Mr. Barry’s attack on Asian Americans is deeply troubling, and at worst it is race baiting,” the lawmakers said in a statement. A statement sponsored by
more than 30 local and national Asian groups also condemned Barry’s remarks. “Councilmember Barry’s statement is of serious concern because it undermines the notion that developing the District of Columbia’s economy and neighborhoods is in the interest of all communities, regardless of national origin or ethnic background,” the groups said in the statement.
Pioneering Journalist Gil Noble Dies at 80
The commercial was pulled off the air and was removed from Burger King’s YouTube channel. A spokeswoman for the company told the AP that the ad was removed because of a licensing concern and would return to the air soon. The rep would not say whether the commercial would remain in its original form when re-released.
D.C. Councilman Barry Blasted for Remarks on Asian-Owned Businesses
Washington, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry has come under fire for comments he made about the Asian business community following his victory in a primary election. According to The Washington Post, at an April 3 rally following his victory in the Ward 8 primary elections, TV cameras caught Barry speak out against Asianowned businesses in the District. “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops,” Barry said, as filmed by NBC Washington affiliate WRCTV. “They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Gil Noble, host of one of the longest-running public affairs shows in commercial television about African Americans, died April 5 in New York City after a long illness. He was 80. An award-winning journalist and an accomplished musician, Noble was a revered voice among both mainstream and minority broadcasters and broke new Wikimedia Commons ground for Blacks in media. He is best known for hosting “Like It Is,” an hour-long weekly show that featured news stories, public affairs discussions, and performances by giants of Black culture from 1967 through 2011. Noble, who produced the show since 1975, suffered a stroke in July, according to WABC officials. By the time the show was cancelled in October, it had won seven Emmys—four of them for Noble’s work—and the show was regarded as a key platform for interviews of major African American figures. “It was the stopping-off point for all Black celebrities, historians, entertainers and New York politicians,” Richard Watkins, the show’s producer from 1971 to 1975, told the AFRO. Watkins won an Emmy and a DuPont-Columbia award for a documentary on the prison riot in Attica, N.Y. “We were the court of last resort for issues that needed to be aired.”
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Virginia McLaurin Celebrates 103rd Birthday
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
walks to work EVERYDAY and her commitment to our students is priceless. We are Virginia McLaurin, affectingly known as Granma Virginia, thankful for knowing such an was honored recently by family members, the staff and extraordinary woman.” students at Sharp Health School in Northwest Washington on A birthday luncheon the occasion of her 103rd birthday. She has served there for followed the program. the past 20 years as a Grandparent volunteer. One of eleven children, The various classes presented skits and other performances; Virginia, was born on March Kimili Anderson gave a tribute from Carol Browser, Ward 12, 1909 in South Carolina 4 Councilmember. A highlight of the celebration was but was reared and educated the appearance of the Honorable Marion Barry, former in Raleigh, N.C. Her husband, D.C. Mayor and the current Ward 8 Councilmember. He Marshall, died in 1945 and congratulated Granma Virginia for celebrating her 103rd they shared two children, birthday. He praised her for continued dedication to the a son (deceased) and a Photo by Herb Quarles children at Sharp, and for being an inspiration to those around daughter, Ida Mae Streater, Virginia McLaurin, (third from left), is surrounded by her family during the celebration her. who lives in Washington. Courtesy Photos of her 103rd birthday on March 12. Shown also is Savetria Francis (third row right)who Cecil Jenkins, head of the Grandparenting Program in the Her sister, Attie Towson Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson principal at Sharp Health School. DC Schools, praised Granma Virginia for her devotion to her who is also over 100 lives was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. work and her love for children. in her own home in South The Foster Grandparent Program, of which Grandma The entire assembly, family, friends, staff and children Carolina. Virginia comes plateopportunities X584859 wasfor found on the body of 7-year-old Virginia is aher part, provides volunteer persons joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Granma Virginia after from a family with great longevity, and she credits hers to Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours 55 years old and older to work one-on-one and in small groups which one of her great great grandnieces presented her with a family genes. police received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a beautiful bouquet of flowers and ballrooms. She spent most of her adult life as a seamstress and worked with children from birth to 21 years of age in educational and social service settings. In her remarks at the end of the celebration, Savetria in various laundry and dry cleaning establishments around The program operates at 42 locations in the District of Francis, principal, said “If I had to think of a phrase that the city. She made many of her own clothes and clothing for Columbia and the sites include early education centers, public describes Grandma Virginia, it would be she celebrates 103 others. and public charter schools, before and after-school programs years of life doing what she loves, serving children. One of her secrets for her longevity is reading her Bible and youth programs. “She has a flirtatious spirit and is a pure joy to be around. and praying daily, loving Jesus Christ her Savior, and her For those of us who complain about commuting to work, fellowman. “There’s no one that I don’t like,” she said. “I love Seniors seeking to serve as volunteers contact Carol and Dallasshould Cowboys players By Alan King neither rain, sleet, snow nor heat keeps Grandma Virginia everybody.” Her advice to others is to love the Lord, read the Johnson, program coordinator, at (202) 610-5123 or contact Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer from reporting to work. To top that off, Grandma Virginia Bible and pray daily. her at email@example.com. among the names submitted to election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – It was 7.3 percent for Whites Whites, there are gender variations among African-Americans sion, were fired. confirms the success of the Continued from A1 and 10.3 percent for Latinos. as well. Black male unemployment peaked at 17.5 percent in “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the The unemployment gap June 2009, at the official end of the Great Recession, before faced so far shows they faked group says. between Blacks and Whites has existed for more than 50 years. falling to 15.4 percent in February of this year and to14.8 “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they And even though a myriad of factors affect who gets hired and percent in March. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve who doesn’t, the role that race plays in the process cannot be Meanwhile, unemployment among Black females became boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of ignored. more vexing. It stood at 8.1 percent at the beginning of the victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. “Blacks are still largely subject to separate and unequal recession in December 2007. By June 2009, at the end of the with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we neighborhoods and schools,” said Algernon Austin, director of Great Recession, it had reached 12.7 percent. While Black bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic male unemployment was inching down, the rate for Black selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votPolicy Institute. “They still face discrimination in the labor females was increasing to 13 percent in January and 13.3 agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say market, our criminal justice policies still disproportionately percent in March. It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared impact Blacks beyond rates of offending.” Why the disparity? ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” Steven Pitts, a labor policy specialist at the Center of Labor Pitts offers one possible explanation: “There were large been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for Research and Education at the University of California-Berkeley, amounts of layoffs in the public sector and because Black president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent supports a novel approach to eliminate discriminatory hiring. women are more likely to be employed in the public sector that votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the “You have to ask the question, ‘Who decides who gets could affect their rate.” The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack hired?’” Pitts said. “For example, if a major food chain wants Austin of EPI said it will take more than spreading women Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way to develop in an community and public money is involved, throughout non-public sector jobs to reduce or eliminate the on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than you can require them to hire employees from that community gender disparities. rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in through a third party.” He said, “We need public-sector jobs targeted to highple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, That third party would, in turn, require applicants to meet unemployment communities even after the national economy is maybe destroying the fabric of ployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help both those democracy.” certain educational and training requirements. Under this fully recovered.” being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan scenario, once those requirements were met, the food chain Many unemployed Blacks, like Jones, 37, are worried the registration. Web site, found those claims to employer would have to hire those applicants. that a college degree – he graduated from the University of Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no eviBy eliminating the employer from the hiring process, it Maryland-Eastern Shore – and past job experience will not zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyeffectively takes away their ability to discriminate against insulate them from a sluggish job market. Jones moved back in ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” applicants based on race, Pitts explained. He said, “We have to with his parents eight months ago to save money. Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain find ways to empower people to address those issues.” “It’s not fun,” he said. “It’s not fun at all.” charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is Although the Black employment rate is nearly twice that of required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote Continued from A1 with crime, started in the early common [in the shootings] is the randomness.” The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not neceshours of April 6 within a three“We feel like he’s targeting African Americans and I isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” mile radius and involved five unconnected African American think …, some parts of law enforcement feel that same way,” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to males who were apparently walking. One of the two people Blakney said noting that there is “avid distrust” between the ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. who survived the shooting and is being treated in a Tulsa area African American community and Tulsa police. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting hospital described the shooter as a White male driving a white Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson told Tulsa radio organization has fought for social his political support. pickup truck. station KRMG the shooting victims appeared to be unknown McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowAccording to police, Dannaer Fields, 49, was found suffering to each other. He said the “word on the street is that this person and I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack from gunshot wounds in a yard about 1 a.m. An hour later Bobby would drive up to people walking, ask for directions, and when Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political Clark, 54, was found shot in a street. About 8:30 a.m. William they would turn away, walk away, begin firing.” baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapAllen, 31, was found shot to death in a funeral home yard. Two Henderson urged caution, not vigilante action. “As long speed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, additional people were found with gunshot wounds in a yard two as that person is loose then we are in danger, and I don’t want ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. blocks from where Fields’ body was found. any vigilante stuff to start happening I don’t want a race riot,” its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. “Timing and location lead us to believe they may be Henderson said. “I just want this person caught and I want the There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, connected,” Tulsa homicide Det. Sgt. Dave Walker told the people that live in this community to be safe.” Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the Tulsa World. Tulsa was the scene in 1921 of one of the nation’s bloodiest branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organ“This is an event that is unprecedented in our recent history, race riots, touched off by a Black-vigilante response to rumors, impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. and it is certainly one that ... we want to bring to an end very later dispelled, of a Black man from nearby Greenwood train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering quickly,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett told CNN. “The only thing in charged with raping a White woman. What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. said they believe racial bias case in Florida reflects the rather than the alleged Continued from A1 sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that was a factor in events leading same type of racial divide perpetrator, is black. Still, caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus up to the shooting death of found in 1995 surveys asking both situations, even though in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse Trayvon Martin, more than about the murder trial of O.J. 17 years apart, apparently including 31 percent of white twice the 31 percent rate of Simpson in Los Angeles. In tap into the same deeply Democrats, say the killing non-Blacks. one Gallup poll conducted felt views of the average of Trayvon Martin is their When asked if Oct. 5-7, 1995, for example, American that the criminal top story; just 19 percent of Zimmerman were guilty of a 78 percent of Blacks said the justice system in America is Republicans are following crime, 51 percent of Blacks jury that found Simpson not biased against Blacks.” this story most closely,” the Identification Statements said he was “definitely guilty of murder made the Pew study reported. “More Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: guilty,” compared with 11 right decision, while only 42 than half of Republicans (56 Baltimore - 1 Year - $30.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made percent of non-Blacks. 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Health Health Disparities Cause Financial Burdens for Families, Communities and Health Care System By Kimberly N. Alleyne Special to the NNPA from the America’s Wire WASHINGTON—Health disparities are creating economic burdens for families, communities and the nation’s health care system. Across the country, infant mortality and chronic diseases continue to affect people of color at rates far higher than those for whites. In recent years, the focus has increased on the impact of disparities on minority communities, with public officials, community activists, civic leaders and health care experts proposing ways to improve access to medical care and raise awareness of positive benefits of preventive care. But health experts say the economic toll of health disparities and substantial costs associated with lost productivity are being overlooked. “Racial and ethnic groups have higher incidences of diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, et cetera,” says Brian D. Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. “That prevalence [of chronic diseases] comes with a price tag in terms of excess direct medical costs, nearly $230 billion over a four-year period that we studied.” The 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report documented that racial and ethnic minorities often receive poorer care than Whites while facing more barriers in seeking preventive care, acute treatment or chronic disease management. The report is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Thomas A. LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health in Baltimore, says increased health risks for minorities are directly related to where they live and work. “The fact is that we have an inequitable distribution of opportunity,” he says. “Where you live determines what schools your children get to attend. It determines if your house will appreciate or depreciate and whether you can create wealth. It also determines whether you are exposed to environmental inequalities and the type of health care facility that is available to you. Where you live, work, play and pray affects quality of health care.” Health experts and civic leaders say financial strains are adversely manifested in varying ways in communities and have a huge impact on children, often involving academic performance. “There are direct biological consequences in that a child who does not have good access to health services will experience developmental setbacks because they are sick or their parents are sick,” Ng’andu says. “It makes it harder for them to achieve in school and can have serious consequences on their future. We have to invest in children early, their health early, their education, making sure they have healthy communities to grow in.” “Studies show a spread of diabetes among children, but particularly among black and Latino children,” says Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, director of health equity at Families USA in Washington. “There are long-term effects. You are more likely to lose a limb, have a heart attack or lose a kidney, and the longer you have the disease, the greater the toll on life quality. We can expect to see this as these children grow older. There is also an impact on children when other family members have a disease because they sometime miss school to care for an ill family member.” Data indicate extreme disparities in chronic diseases,
“Across the country, infant mortality and chronic diseases continue to affect people of color at rates far higher than those for whites.” including heart disease, certain cancers, strokes, diabetes and arthritis. According to the CDC, these diseases cause seven of 10 deaths annually in America and more than 75 percent of health care costs. Smedley says African-Americans experience higher incidences of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other chronic diseases. According to the Joint Center study, chronic diseases cost the U.S. health care system nearly $232 billion from 2003 to 2006. Early detection, quality of care and improving prevention management are important as it becomes clear that doing so in communities of color is crucial to curbing costs. “If we don’t get a handle on these diseases, it is going to be harder to manage the system,” Hernandez-Cancio says, adding that prevention can alleviate many costs. The health care reform law includes provisions that improve financing and delivery while also improving access for vulnerable populations and investing in prevention. “Investments in prevention go a long way in preventing racial and ethnic health inequality in the first place,” Smedley says. “About five cents of every federal health dollar is spent on prevention. Prevention works. It works to keep our population healthy and reduces health care costs. “We pay now or pay later. We’re going to be paying the price in higher health care costs, but also a population that is less healthy and unable to participate in the nation’s economic recovery.” See more on afro.com.
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“Growing Up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood” The AFRO Mounts a Retrospective of 120 Years of Black History in Pictures By Jannette J. Witmyer Special to the AFRO For years, being recognized as an AFRO Clean Block was one of the greatest honors that an African American neighborhood could achieve. Neighbors took the competition seriously. They could be seen, early in the morning, scrubbing steps, sweeping sidewalks and lining their blocks with flower-filled planters, hoping to be the next block chosen to fly the coveted clean block banner. Often, the results they awaited would be delivered by AFRO newsboys and newsgirls. This year, as the Afro American Newspaper marks its 120th anniversary, members of the community will be able to relive those golden memories and more, through an exhibition at the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, entitled “Growing Up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood.” Curated by AFRO archivist John Gartrell, the exhibition of 120 photographs selected from the AFRO Archives Collection will highlight the historical involvement of young people in the community’s and newspaper’s longevity. It will enjoy a six-month run, opening June 23 and closing December 30, 2012. Presented in six sections and themes, A Child Shall Lead; Children of All Seasons; Games We Play; Growing Up AFRO; Worth A Thousand Words; and Golden School Days, the exhibition pictorially captures images of African American children participating in activities ranging from protests and demonstrations to showing off their Easter finery during a Pennsylvania Avenue Easter Parade. “The exhibition pivots around the AFRO’s coverage of black life through the lens of children. And - it is a celebration of the impact that the AFRO has had on the community. Nowadays, there’s so much negative news about the youngest generation. This is an opportunity to revisit and celebrate young people and how they’ve been so much of a fabric of this institution,” Gartrell explains. Michelle J. Wilkinson, Ph.D., the museum’s Director of Collections & Exhibitions, has worked closely with Gartrell in organizing the show. She concurs, “Culled from the AFRO
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“This is not only a time of reflection of Dr. King’s legacy. It is a time for action. We must not let those who want to turn the back the hands of time. We must remain vigilant by peaceful means to stand for democracy, civil rights and equality in America,” said Harry E. Johnson, president and CEO of The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. Since its opening, millions of visitors from around the globe have been able to witness firsthand the message of hope, justice, democracy and love that resonates from the crescent-shaped walls of the Memorial, which proudly sits between two Presidents. Dr. King was assassinated at 6:01p.m., April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 39. King went to Memphis to support 1,300 African- American sanitation workers who were members of the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union protesting against unequal wages and better working conditions. “Now more than ever we should ban together to
Newspapers photo archives, this exhibition is a wonderful visual document of young Marylanders actively and positively engaged in their communities.” She goes on to say, “Particularly in the section on youth activism … I think today’s youth will be informed and inspired by the generations that came before. Often we see images of adults protesting, or marching for civil rights. In this exhibition, with the lens on children, we witness our youngest citizens participating in movements for social change.”
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One major goal of the exhibition is to rekindle the sense of pride and excitement that people experienced when they saw their faces or those of family members and friends in the newspaper’s pages. “It’s an opportunity for mothers and grandmothers to say, ‘You know, I was in the AFRO in 19-so-and so’,” says Gartrell. “It is also a great way to showcase the AFRO archives, the collection there and the tremendous work that’s been done over the past five or six years to preserve the collection, create an inventory for it and make it more available to researchers.” While the exhibition looks back over the past 120 years, the AFRO hopes that it will enable the newspaper and the community to project forward. There are plans to create an online presence for this awesome story, as well as an online companion exhibition, allowing all to introduce or re-introduce themselves, their kids and grandkids to the AFRO and what it means. These are ambitious goals and will take the physical and financial support of the community to accomplish and achieve excellence. As a result, the AFRO is seeking donations in the form of tax deductable donations to AFRO Charities and sponsorships of the exhibition’s six sections.
keep Dr. King’s legacy alive. There are many elected and appointed leaders who are trying to destroy everything that Dr. King stood for. We must never give up,” said Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. Civil Rights leader, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said Dr. King’s assassination had an effect on our consciousness unlike the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. “Forty-four years ago Dr. King’s death gave birth to the 1968 Fair House Act. His memory lives on in this memorial that commemorates his life. But as Dr. King continued to inspire progress, even in the wake of his death with the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, April 4th must be for us a day to prod the nation to continue giving birth to the progress for which he lived,” said Norton. Arun Gandhi, grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Mohandas K. Gandhi, the great Indian leader who won the independence of his nation from British rule by employing a movement of nonviolence and civil disobedience, said he hopes one day soon to meet with President Barack Obama. “I pray for him every day because he is surrounded by individuals who are not
accustomed to peaceful means to settle differences among people and nations,” Gandhi said. “Many people say they are working for peace but don’t really know what peace is. Passive violence can create a reaction of aggressive violence. We must work hard to restore the peaceful methods of Dr. King, my grandfather and others.” Galen Muhammad of Forestville, Md., agreed. He is upset about a group of the New Black Panther Party taking out a bounty on George Zimmerman, the Florida man who recently killed an innocent Black teenager, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has not been arrested for the shooting and public outcries for justice have mounted around the country. “This is not the peaceful way to achieve what we want,” said Muhammad. “There also needs to be a peaceful end to the way that law abiding Muslims are being unfairly labeled by the media and mistreated in America.” Some people, like Dante Parker, 29, his wife, Tiffany, their four children and other family members were visiting the site without any knowledge of the commemoration. “It’s a breathtaking exhibit. It brings people from all races and ethnic groups together under the banner of peace,” said Parker.
Interested parties should contact Mrs. Susan Gould for additional information about making a donation at 410-554-8289 or email@example.com. John Gartrell reminds us, “We want the community to embrace this exhibition. It is really as much theirs as it is ours. We hope that, as
we’re preparing it, people will want to contribute to it financially to help make it the best it possibly can be, but we also hope they come out and support the AFRO and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum because these are our institutions. They are telling our stories.”
Maryland Leads the Nation in Banning Arsenic Products In Chicken Feed By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Maryland is now the first state in the nation to officially ban Roxarsone, a product added to chicken feed to prevent disease and produce fatter chickens. Senate Bill 207/ House Bill 167 was one of many bills passed over the weekend as the Maryland General Assembly rushed to complete work by the end of the 90-day session at midnight on Monday. “We’ve been adding about 30,000 pounds of arsenic to both our environment and our food supply every year since 1946, when the drug was approved,” said Del. Tom Hucker (D-Md.) of District 20, who sponsored the house version of the bill. “Arsenic is a terribly deadly substance which only a few micrograms of which can give you cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.” The use of Roxarsone was suspended last July when the FDA conducted a study on 100 broiler chickens. The report, released last February, shows that when fed products with food grade arsenic, chickens retain a small portion of the toxin in the liver, producing inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen harmful to humans. Much of the substance is expelled in chicken waste, which in turn creates another problem for the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and farmlands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore that use chicken manure as fertilizer. “Arsenic laced rain water washes off into the bay. When it’s not raining, arsenic binds to the soil and then builds up in the soil. We’ve found that some of the fields in Maryland are beyond remediation. They can’t be improved in any way,” said Del. Hucker. Though some might conclude that consuming meat from a chicken with a carcinogen in its liver could potentially lead to
human deaths, Curtis Allen, a spokesperson for the FDA says that reasoning would be “jumping to conclusions” because that “implies it happens right away.” The final bill recommended by the senate was a watered-down version of what was originally proposed by members of the House, but an agreement was made between the two chambers. Changes made to the bill at the Senate level included the addition of a clause that lifts the ban should the product later be found safe for humans and the environment. The legislation was also amended to allow the use of histostat, another drug containing arsenic and not much different from Roxarsone, used to treat disease in turkeys. “The agency continues to work with the drug sponsor to fully investigate the issue and, as part of this effort, FDA is conducting some additional confirmatory testing to address some remaining scientific questions.” said Gloria Sánchez-Contreras, a bilingual public affairs specialist for the FDA. “The suspension of sales will remain in effect as this work is completed.” Those in opposition to the ban say the legislation will cost Marylander’s farm industry jobs, as well as discourage investment in the industry. According to reports published by the DelMarva Poultry Industry, which monitors the industry in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, proceeds made from the broiler chicken in Maryland accounted for nearly 40 percent of all income made from cash farms. In 2009, the farms that raise broiler chickens netted about $640,303,000, making it 9th in the country for the payout connected with the broiler chicken industry within the agricultural sector. The state ranks 10th for the overall production of broiler chickens in the state, processing more than 1.4 billion pounds of broiler chicken every year.
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Community Calendar April 12 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Internship Program The Delta Research and Educational Foundation are accepting applications for the 2012 Stephanie Tubbs Jones summer internship program in DC. This new program represents an innovative
collaboration between the Delta Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that’s designed to increase the number of minority women in public service. Instructions for submitting applications are available at: www. deltafoundation.net.
April 13 Mo’Nique & FriendsBeats of Laughter Charity Concert Showplace Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. 8 p.m. Actress and comedian Mo’Nique will bring a lineup of entertainers at this event to benefit heart
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April 16 Interfaith Golf Cup Challenge 2012 Lake Presidential Golf Club, 3151 Presidential Golf Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come join the two-person “best ball” competition that allows area churches to field their best golfers in a contest to win the coveted “2012 iFaith Golf Cup.” For more information: 703-746-8138. April 18 Interfaith Golf Cup Challenge 2012 Lake Presidential Golf Club, 3151 Presidential Golf Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Come join the two-person “best ball” competition that allows area churches to field their best golfers in a contest to win the coveted “2012 iFaith Golf Cup.” For more information: 703-746-8138.
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In the Baltimore region, and across America, job growth remains the most important issue on people’s minds. We have evidence that our economy is improving, but it also remains painfully clear that we have much more to do — both nationally and right here in our own community. In my neighborhood, we are aware that, despite all the partisan attacks, President Obama is succeeding in turning our Congressman economy around. Elijah Cummings When Barack Obama took office, the Bush recession was costing our economy more than 700,000 jobs each month. In response, President Obama and congressional Democrats acted quickly to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. We avoided another Great Depression by cutting taxes for small businesses and 95 percent of working families — and by providing emergency funding to support about 300,000 educator jobs, more than 4,600 law enforcement positions, and investments in the clean energy sector that supported 224,500 jobs through 2010. As a result, through February 2012, our economy has added more than 3.9 million private sector jobs during more than 24 consecutive months of job growth. Here in Maryland, we are in a better employment environment than many other states. The number of employed Marylanders is now at its highest level since September 2008. Yet for far too many job seekers, especially African Americans, the job picture continues to be daunting. That is why my office will be hosting our 15th Annual Job Fair on April 16 from 9 am until 2 pm at the Fifth Regiment Armory (410-685-9199 for more information).
Informally we are calling the job event “Jobs Plus.” We do so because we have learned that we can be most helpful to job seekers by bringing them together with 56 employers ready to hire, experts in job seeking skills, and the ability to place job applications “on line.” For example, this year’s “Job Plus” Fair includes “Résumé Doctor,” writing assistance and advice, as well as Computer Café and ONE-Stop Mobile Career Centers, provided by the Maryland Workforce Exchange. Job creation continues to be my number one priority in the Congress. However, I also realize that our local initiatives must be both practical and realistic. The truth is that good jobs continue to be scarce. That is why I have asked the employers to participate in the job fair only if they are hiring at this time or in the very near future — and the 56 employers signed up to participate have all promised they have jobs to offer. “Jobs Plus” also will be connecting job seekers with the resources needed while they look for employment: food stamps, job training, consumer credit counseling, and experts who are knowledgeable about unemployment benefits. Attendees will also be able to attend free workshops on how to utilize social media when searching for a job; resources available for Veterans; résumé writing and interview techniques, family budgeting, healthcare resources and medical assistance programs. We also will have a workshop to provide helpful information for ex-offenders who are searching for employment. The participatin employers represent a range of industries including banking, hospitality, healthcare, public safety, colleges and universities, and government agencies. From past experience, I am confident that participants can find the jobs that they are seeking at this expanded “Jobs Plus” event. Even those who do not immediately find a job often gain “leads” that will help them take the next economic step in their lives. I realize, however, that more than our free, once-a-year opportunity will be required to reverse the increasingly
desperate economic tide in our community. That is why, back during the Clinton years, I worked so hard to support the creation of “One-Stop Career Centers,” that President Obama has continued to fund. These gateways to better lives can help job-seekers gain the practical assistance they need — but only if they are first convinced by family or friends to take advantage of this help. If you know someone who is looking for a job — or for a better position — bring them to our Jobs Plus event on April 16. Then, encourage them to utilize our City’s One-Stop Career Centers, conveniently located at 1100 North Eutaw St. (410-767-2148), 3001 E. Madison St. (410-396-9030), and Mondawmin Mall (410-523-1060). Baltimore County and Howard County residents can find the same help at 7930 Eastern Blvd. (410-288-9050 ext. 424), 11101 McCormick Rd. (410- 887-7940), or 7161 Columbia Gateway Dr. (410-290-2600). Americans want to work. Together, we can rebuild our economy and our community. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
Does Your Image Say “I’m Ready for the Job on Day 1?” With the economy once again playing such an important role during this election cycle, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March unemployment numbers on April 6 amidst great anticipation and perhaps uneasiness. The final numbers showed an 8.2 percent overall jobless rate, a slight drop from the 8.3 percent rate in February, Shirley A. Jones leaving room for a positive or negative spin from both sides of the aisle. Looking at the positive, the rate reflected seven straight months of the jobless rate going down or at least not going up. It also reflected more than $4 million in private sector jobs being added over the last two years. With the jobless rate at least holding steady, now is a good time for job seekers to consider whether they are doing all they can to differentiate themselves and make a positive impression
on prospective employers. My recent experience as a vendor at the 8th Annual Fairfax Mega Job Fair, representing Blacks In Government, a nonprofit employee support group, tells me there’s definitely room for a little image building. I’m used to interviewing aspiring lawyers from local law schools for the summer law associate program at my agency so I’m used to seeing blue and black suits across the board, regardless of gender. And, even though I recently saw the occasional pink eye shadow on some female interviewees, there still wasn’t much out of the norm. But, the norm was not what I saw at the Fairfax Mega Job Fair, where I saw everything from shorts and flip-flops to jeans and athletic shoes. It was the suit and tie that was rare, even though some employers were accepting resumes on the spot. What I saw at the job fair made me wonder if current job seekers know just how powerful image truly is and if they even know what image they are in fact projecting. These are questions all of us should individually consider as professionals whether currently employed or not. And, this is particularly important in this distressed job market. That’s because research shows that within the first 30-60 seconds of a new encounter, we are evaluated i.e. the prospective employer
will rate your visual and behavioral appearance. The employer will observe your demeanor, mannerisms, and body language. Importantly, you make an impression that sets the stage for future relationships or the lack thereof. Essentially, you either create positive first impressions that open doors or negative first impressions that can close doors. We’ve all heard the saying “image is everything” and while that may not be totally true, we should know just how important image is in accomplishing our goals. This is particularly true with a jobless rate of 8.2 percent overall, which drilled down into its relevant parts show a 14.7 percent jobless rate for African-American men and an 11.1 pecent jobless rate for African-American women. These numbers are in comparison to lower jobless rates of 7.5 percent and 6.5 percent for White men and women, respectively. And, while we know there are other factors at play when considering the difference in the numbers, creating a professional image is at least the one factor that is within the job seekers control. Shirley A. Jones, Esq. is president of the Region XI Council of Blacks In Government.
Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to John W. Whitehead save money by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, the flawed yet retributive American “system of justice” is being replaced by an even more flawed and insidious form of mass punishment based upon profit and expediency. As author Adam Gopnik reports for the New Yorker: [A] growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and the prisons. It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible. Consider this: despite the fact that violent crime in America has been on the decline, the nation’s incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Approximately 13 million people are introduced to American jails in any given year. Incredibly, more than six million people are under “correctional supervision” in America, meaning that one in fifty Americans is working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the majority of those being held in federal prisons are convicted of drug offenses—namely, marijuana. Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is
serving time behind bars. Little wonder, then, that public prisons are overcrowded. Yet while providing security, housing, food, medical care, etc., for six million Americans is a hardship for cash-strapped states, to profit-hungry corporations such as Corrections Corp of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the leaders in the partnership corrections industry, it’s a $70 billion gold mine. Thus, with an eye toward increasing its bottom line, CCA has floated a proposal to prison officials in 48 states offering to buy and manage public prisons at a substantial cost savings to the states. In exchange, and here’s the kicker, the prisons would have to contain at least 1,000 beds and states would have agree to maintain a 90 percent occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years. The problem with this scenario, as Roger Werholtz, former Kansas secretary of corrections, recognizes is that while states may be tempted by the quick infusion of cash, they “would be obligated to maintain these (occupancy) rates and subtle pressure would be applied to make sentencing laws more severe with a clear intent to drive up the population.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened. Among the laws aimed at increasing the prison population and growing the profit margins of special interest corporations like CCA are three-strike laws (mandating sentences of 25 years to life for multiple felony convictions) and “truth-in-sentencing” legislation (mandating that those sentenced to prison serve most or all of their time). “And this is where it gets creepy,” observes reporter Joe Weisenthal for Business Insider, “because as an investor you’re pulling for scenarios where more people are put in jail.” In making its pitch to potential investors, CCA points out that private prisons comprise a unique, recession-resistant investment opportunity, with more than 90 percent of the market up for grabs, little competition, high recidivism among prisoners, and the potential for “accelerated growth in inmate populations following the recession.” In other words, caging humans for profit is a sure bet, because the U.S. population is growing dramatically and the prison population will grow proportionally as well, and more prisoners equal more profit. However, while a flourishing privatized prison system is a financial windfall for corporate investors, it bodes ill for any
measures aimed at reforming prisoners and reducing crime. CCA understands this. As it has warned investors, efforts to decriminalize certain activities, such as drug use (principally possession of marijuana), could cut into their profits. So too would measures aimed at reducing the prison system’s disproportionately racist impact on minorities, given that the incarceration rate for Blacks is seven times that of Whites. Immigrants are also heavily impacted, with roughly 2.5 million people having been through the immigration detention system since 2003. As private prisons begin to dominate, the many troubling characteristics of our so-called criminal justice system today—racism, economic inequality, inadequate access to legal representation, lack of due process, etc.—will only become more acute. Doubtless, a system already riddled by corruption will inevitably become more corrupt, as well. For example, consider the “kids for cash” scandal which rocked Luzerne County, Penn., in 2009. For ten years, the Mid Atlantic Youth Service Corporation, which specializes in private prisons for juvenile offenders, paid two judges to jail youths and send them to private prison facilities. The judges, who made over $2.6 million in the scam, had more than 5,000 kids come through their courtrooms and sent many of them to prison for petty crimes such as stealing DVDs from Wal-Mart and trespassing in vacant buildings. When the scheme finally came to light, one judge was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and the other received 28 years, but not before thousands of young lives had been ruined. No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits, while causing millions of Americans, most of them minor, nonviolent criminals, to be handed over to corporations for lengthy prison sentences which do nothing to protect society or prevent recidivism. This perverse notion of how prisons should be run, that they should be full at all times, and full of minor criminals, is evil. Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book The Freedom Wars (TRI Press) is available online at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford. org.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre Society presents a discussion with Howard University’s Dr. Edna Medford at the Center for Education and Leadership, 514 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C., 5 p.m., May 7. The discussion focuses on the African-American experience during the American Revolution, including the role of Black soldiers in both the British and Continental armies and the promises of emancipation made by both sides. Tickets to the discussion are $25 ($20 for Ford’s Theatre Members) and include sandwiches and drinks. Space is limited. Performance tickets to 1776 are not included. Tickets for the May 7th discussion and performances of 1776 are available for purchase at www.fords.org or through Ticketmaster at (800) 9822787 (Ticketmaster fees apply).
Dr. Edna Medford is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Howard University. Specializing in 19th-century AfricanAmerican history, she also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, the Jacksonian Era and Comparative Slavery.
Howard U And Largo Church Host 10th Annual Health Fair
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Matthew Blanding of Upper Marlboro thought everything was fine with his health, at least until he was screened in April 2003 at the annual Largo Community Church Health Fair. That’s when he discovered he had prostate cancer. From there, he worked with Howard University’s doctors and had the cancer removed. The retiree has been cancer free since. Blanding said the early detection made a huge difference in his outcome, which is why he is a strong believer in the benefits of health fairs. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Largo Community Church’s health fair and, as it has since the inception, it is again partnering with Howard University. Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, to 3 p.m., Howard physicians and health care clinicians will answer questions and provide screenings for various diseases at Largo Community Church in Maryland, 1701 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Md. The health fair begins at 8 a. m. Saturday, April 14, with a flea market. Howard University will provide close to 40 doctors and medical representatives to conduct dental, hearing, memory, cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, glaucoma, This year marks the 10th anniversary of Largo hypertension and HIV Community Church’s health fair. screenings. There will also be tables with representatives from the American Cancer Association, the Department of Aging, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department and Arden Courts Memory Care Center. The fire department will bring a fire engine and an ambulance to demonstrate and talk about the importance of fire safety and other local physicians and health care clinicians will join the event Child health activities and tables will be available as well. Children will be able to get pediatric dental screenings, visit the Safe Kids USA table, attend a seminar on understanding adolescent peer pressures and enjoy face painting, story-telling and games at the Kids Corner seminar. People will also be able to participate in line dancing and Zumba classes. Blanding said he believes that this year people will leave the health fair with not only greater awareness of diseases, but a sense of assurance in their personal health as well.
April 14, 2012 - April 20, 2012, The Afro-American
The University of the District of Columbia, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted New York Times bestselling author and Princeton University historian, Dr. Martha Sandweiss for its second “Big Read” event, March 2. Dr. Sandweiss was joined by a panel of UDC faculty in a discussion about her awarding winning book, PASSING STRANGE: A Gilded Art Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line. UDC faculty participants were Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, Dr. G. Derek Musgrove (History), Dr. Matthew Petti (English) and Dr. Taqi Tirmazi (Social Work). The audience of students and faculty enjoyed an engaging discussion and question and answer session as they focused on the secret life of Clarence King. King was a late 19th century writer and explorer who lived a double life; the first as the prominent white geologist and writer Clarence King and the second as the Black Pullman Porter and steelworker named James Todd. He passed across the color line, revealing his secret to his black common-law wife, Ada Copeland, only on his deathbed. The “CAS READS BIG” is a newly launched, common read initiative by Dr. April Massey, associate dean which exemplifies efforts to engage students beyond the classroom and show the world as a learning lab. The inaugural “Big Read” event held in October 2011, featured the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. These engaging and informative events are examples of the College of Arts & Sciences evolving scholarly directions and expectations.
The 36th Annual Scholarship
Benefit Fashion Show/Luncheon sponsored by the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of 19 scholars at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. on March 18. All scholars are enrolled in or bound for college or technical schools, received an astounding
Panel participants-left to right-Dr. Mohammad Tirmazi, Dr. Matthew Petti, Dr. Margaret Sandweiss, Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber and Dr. G. Derek Musgrove
$55,000 in scholarships, the largest amount awarded in the history of the Chapter and Foundation. Diane Venable, chapter president; Sinthea Kelly, chairperson of the Fashion Show; Carol A. Moses, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee and Eddimae Tisdale, chairperson of the Foundation welcomed more than 1200 guests to this annual benefit. Notables included the Honorable Anthony Brown, Maryland lieutenant governor; Carolyn JB Howard, Maryland state delegate; Angela Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County; Karen Toles, Prince George’s County Council; Ethel Rogers Grundy, PGCAC inaugural president; Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of the Prince George’s Community College; Elizabeth M. Hewlett, chair - Prince George’s County Planning Board – MCNPP Commission; and Jennifer Jones, chair - Prince George’s County Commission for Women. It was an afternoon filled with one-of-a-kind fashions, an endless and scrumptious lunch, a silent auction, vendors, the raffling of a full-length mink coat, $1,000, an Apple iPad and a Nook eReader, door prizes and reflections of previous scholarship recipients and their accomplishments.
National and Regional Delta officials with Md. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Dr. Margaret Sandweiss with panel participants - Dr. Tirmazi, Dr. Jowers-Barber, Dr. Musgrove & Dr. Petti. Inaugural president of the PGCAC, Ethel Rogers Gundy with Angela Ewell-Madison, 2nd vice president, Annapolis Alumnae Chapter. Cynthia Birks (far right), co-chair, Scholarship Committee with guests. Dr. Margaret Sandweiss with UDC students.
Diane Venable, chapter president, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Eddie Mae Tisdale, Foundation, president.
Scholarship recipients on stage with chapter officers and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
Dr. Sandweiss with CAS Administrators-left to right-Dr. Lena Walton, Dr. Shiela Harmon Martin, Dr. April Massey & Professor Maxine Legal.
Chapter member Dayna Fleming walks the runway.
High school friends, Yvette M. LaGonterie and Elizabeth M. Hewlett
Frenchettia Payne, chaplain of PGCAC giving the blessing.
Author Sandweiss signs books for UDC students and faculty.
Fashion Show Committee, Sinthea Kelly, chair (2nd from the far left, standing)
2011-2012 Scholarship Committee, Carol A. Moses, chair Photos by Rob Roberts
Dr. Benson Cooke, Dr. April Massey, Author Sandweiss, Dr. Kathleen Dockett and student, Steven Jones.
Photos by Bill Tabron
By Belinda Merritt Special to the AFRO Over 400 middle and high school students embarked on the campus of the New Psalmist Baptist
Joe Barber, Director of Education Programs National Aquarium disusses sharks and dolphins with students.
Maurice Sarjeant works with students on robotics
church in anticipation of discovery and adventure in the world of STEM. The Sankofa Community Development Corporation in partnership with the STEMcx planning committee, area businesses, and New Psalmist Baptist church hosted the 2nd annual STEMcx conference on March 3. Former astronaut Robert Curbeam held the young audience and parents captivated with his unique knowledge and insight in the role of the keynote speaker. He is currently vice president of Mission Assurance for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings attended the conference and acknowledged the importance of exposing our youth to career opportunities in the fields of science, technology,
engineering and math. Historically, many African-American students do not pursue higher education in STEM fields nor find encouragement or motivation from parents who do not necessarily recognize the hidden talent of their children. STEMcx conference is held to expose youth in middle and high school to careers as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, as well as, presenting the careers in creative fun workshops. Rocket Science and Flight, The Science of Super Heroes, and Slam Dunk-The Physics of Basketball were popular middle school workshops. Kinect with Microsoft-Xbox 360 Exposed, The Chemistry of Cover Girl, and Trauma 101 were popular high school workshops. A special seminar gave parents insight on the importance of encouraging and challenging their children to raise their academic standards and to seriously consider careers in STEM fields. TRowe Price, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Anysolv Technologies, Inc., National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. of Metropolitan Baltimore and Vaughn Greene Funeral Services are proud community sponsors.
John Murach, Director of Business Planning and Danielle Smith of BGE gave a presentation on alternative enery and cars
The Right Rev. Walter S. Thomas is pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church. Visit www.stemcx.weebly.com and www. americaspace.org for additional information about STEMcx and event highlights.
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Physics Professor, discusses the physics of football
Phoebe Tsoi and Carman Williams works with Sean Martin Photos by Bill Tabron
STEMcx planning committee members,Talib Horne, Patrick Johnson, Sandy Adams (Chair), Jerry Archer, Jarrod Archer, Belinda Merritt, Genia Loving-Clash and Kafi Parker
Congressman Elijah Cummings and Robert Curbeam, former astronaut and Vice President, Mission Assurance for Raytheon Companies
Pete Ganon search for fossils with Sidney Roseborough and Annesa Rahim Letitiah Etheridge, CSI Forensic Educator, discusses forensic science
The Afro-American, April 14, 2012 - April 20, 2012
Prom Trends and Events Well Worth the Stress for Area Teens
By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer
ach year Spring brings flowers, the chirping of birds and the promise of warmer weather; but even more important, for hundreds of thousands of teen girls around the country- Spring means one thing: Prom. Between finding the perfect dress and shoes, accessorizing, securing a swanky restaurant for dinner, and finalizing the all-important after-party plans, prom these days can easily become an affair that requires planning similar to a full-fledged wedding day. “I went to at least 15 stores because all the dresses were cut different,” said Kionna Lawson, a junior at Parkville High School. “Everything was last minute, but I just kept a positive attitude,” said Lawson, who suggests students start planning for occasion at the beginning of the school year.
“Adults sometimes think about teens getting stressed out about proms as trivial. The stress response that young people feel because of the situation is very real and adults might downplay that.” Area high schools have already begun the prom season but the majority of the junior and senior prom dates have yet to be filled, as the typical season takes place from mid-April to late May. Ladies in attendance this year have come a long way from the homemade ankle length dresses of their grand and great-grandmothers who might have attended a prom. According to David’s Bridal, a leading company in bridal wear and accessories, trending this year are sequined or printed gowns and dresses layered with tulle complete with clutch purses. Daring blues, all shades of purple, fuchsia and orange are leading colors for dresses of all lengths. Locally, some high school students even have a tradition where junior girls sport shorter dresses as senior ladies attend in sweeping, floor-length numbers. Though the festivities surrounding prom might be thrilling, they bring with them no shortage of stress. “Adults sometimes think about teens getting stressed out about proms as trivial. The stress response that young people
feel because of the situation is very real and adults might downplay that,” said Beth Marshall, assistant director for the Center for Adolescent Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Marshall says that it is most important for “young people to have the opportunity to talk about what is stressing them out and address it immediately. Adults should listen to them, should be open, and make it clear to the young person that they’re supportive of what they’re going through.” Also key is to remember that “stress is contagious.” Marshall warns that parents who worry about covering the tab for prom or keeping their child safe on that night can easily transfer their fears and become a factor in their child’s tension about prom. The Center for Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM • Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM Disease Control (CDC) recommends planning Montgomery County Fairgrounds ahead and budgeting 16 Chestnut Street • Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 to control anxiety “An Education on the African American Experience” levels that might be heightened as a result of • Many vendors with Black Memorabilia for sale prom costs and fees. To • Educational Exhibits including Slavery Artifacts, avoid disasters on the Buffalo Soldiers, Black Panther Party, Marcus day of the event, test Garvey, Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, Madame make up, lotions, and C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver, etc. sprays on skin prior to • Meet & obtain autographs from Negro League the big day. Ladies and Baseball Players, Tuskegee Airmen and: gentlemen of this year’s -- Lonette McKee who was “Sister” in the movie prom season are also “Sparkle” reminded that stressing -- Ernest “Raj” Thomas and Haywood “Dwayne” over a personal date is Nelson from the TV series “What’s Happening!” not guaranteed to be • Verbal appraisal of Black Memorabilia for $5 per item. any more exciting than attending with a group Admission: $7 - Children 16 and under free of trusted friends. (301) 649-1915 • www.johnsonshows.com
Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show April 21-22, 2012
April 14, 2012 - April 20, 2012, The Afro-American
Eco-Documentary ‘Surviving Progress’ film review on afro.com
‘Rising Spivey’ Reflects ‘the Year of the Entrepreneur’ By AFRO Staff Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made news headlines back in February after officially dubbing 2012 “the year of the entrepreneur!” And although she was an entrepreneur years before ’12 arrived, Bowie, Md. native Shanelle Spivey’s life story still reflects the theme behind the governor’s proclamation. At age 28, Spivey is the owner and executive producer of Spirut Andrews Productions LLC, a multi-faceted video production company that specializes in television production, event coverage, and online video marketing. Spirut Andrews, named after immediate family members who’ve inspired her throughout life, produces a Shanelle Spivey TV series titled ‘The Rising Spivey Show,’ a local talk show which airs in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area. The show is both produced and hosted by Spivey herself, and highlights non-profits and entrepreneurs of her local area, while also covering other interesting community events. It can be seen in Washington, D.C. on channel 95 for Comcast cable subscribers and channel 10 for those subscribed to Verizon cable (channel 76 for Comcast and channel 10 for Verizon in P.G. County). The show can also be viewed at RisingSpivey.com. According to Spivey, viewers of her production “will receive a new, enlightening and encouraging episode each month from a woman who is passionate about changing the world, one small corner at a time.” But tuning into her show doesn’t come without
a level of sacrifice paid. Spivey has risked much of her adulthood investing into her own business; she quit her lucrative job with the U.S government nearly three years ago to pursue her dreams as a TV personality/ business owner, and hasn’t looked back since. And although her journey hasn’t come without its hardships, Spivey knows what she does isn’t just for herself; the sacrifices she has made has benefited people that she consider family as well as complete strangers. “One of the reasons I quit my former job was to maintain a close and intimate relationship with my daughter,” Spivey told the AFRO. “With my former job, my daughter and I would have to be out of the house by at least 5:00 a.m. everyday just so I could be at work by 7 a.m., and she would have to go to my parents’ house because beforeschool daycare wouldn’t be open yet. Then I wouldn’t be able to get home from work until 6 p.m. maybe 7p.m., and that’s not the way I wanted to raise my child.” Now, Spivey not only has more time to nurture her most favorite person in the world, but also has more time to use her talents to shed light on deeper issues and topics that crave attention, whether locally or nationally related. “I only wish to leave a lasting impression on everyone I meet, encouraging them to find and nurture their passion, protect the environment, and believe in the future,” Spivey told the AFRO. “Rising Spivey is just the beginning for us. I know the world will eventually hear our message on peace and unity, and we will rise together.”
Fading Franchise Revived for Sophomoric Hijinks at H.S. Reunion By Kam Williams To some, it probably seems like only yesterday that the high school seniors
“American Reunion” Film Review at the center of American Pie were on a mission to lose their virginity before their graduation. But that was actually two sequels (American Pie 2 and American Wedding) and four spinoffs ago, so the testosterone-blinded buddies have long-since graduated and gone their separate ways, each leaving the State of Michigan, ostensibly to make his mark on the world. Thus, at the point of departure of American Reunion, we find terminallyawkward Jim (Jason Biggs) wed to former band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and raising a mischievous
toddler (George Christopher Bianchi) who gets into everything. Meanwhile, macho jock Oz (Chris Klein) is now a highprofile TV sportscaster in L.A.; brainy Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is married and working as an architect; and mysterious Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is a bohemian fantasizing about doing something more daring than managing a Staples store in Jersey. Fast approaching middleage, the buddies decide to put their lives on hold to return to their hometown of East Great Falls to attend their 13th annual high school reunion. There, they encounter iconic classmates Stifler (Seann William Scott) and The Shermanator (Chris Owen); Kevin’s exgirlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid),
Preserving LeDroit Park By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter A proud DC native has stepped behind the camera to tell the story of one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods. Sixty year old Eastern High School and Howard University alumni Ronald “Smokey” Stevens has decided to document the story of LeDroit Park, one of the most culturally rich communities in the city. “I live here in LeDroit Park and after moving around the neighborhood for years I realize and recognize the history that’s here in this neighborhood” reflected Smokey. “A lot of influential, prominent people have lived here throughout the years that gave [this community] its historic status.” The neighborhood sits immediately southeast of Howard University. Its borders include W Street to the north, Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Avenue to the south, Second Street NW to the east, and Georgia Avenue to the west. Some of the most notable residents over the last century have been the city’s first Black mayor, Walter E. Washington , jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, the first Black U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke and the prominent advocate of African American and women’s rights, Mary Church Terrell. Smokey says the documentary takes viewers on a journey through the history of the community — highlighting the amazing impact these residents have had on the neighborhood , the city and the country over the years. “I hope viewers will become enlightened and educated about our history. If we don’t next-door neighbor (Ali Kobrin) he used to babysit for as a child. And Stifler’s still Stifler. He’s not above infantile pranks like pooping into a beer cooler and totally trashing jet skis. And so forth. You know the drill. As for the elders, Jim’s recently-widowed father shares a joint with Stifler’s mom before succumbing to the well-preserved temptress’ womanly charms.
and Oz’s-ex Heather (Mena Suvari); as well as a couple of unforgettable parents in Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge) and Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy). Over the course of the ensuing, eventful weekend, these nostalgic alumni reminisce while again becoming embroiled in sordid affairs and sophomoric hijinks suggestive of immature men desperate to recapture their youth. For instance, Kevin gets so drunk that when he wakes up naked next to Vicky, he can’t remember whether he’s just cheated on his wife (Charlene Amoia). Elsewhere, Jim is tempted by the topless, 18 year-old
document our history it will be forgotten,” said Smokey. “Sometimes we as a people suffer from a lack of knowledge so I want to educate, enlighten and entertain.” The historian says he believes the documentary is necessary considering the current state of the community. “Today, gentrification is alive and well and in the last six years housing costs have escalated 250 percent” exclaimed Smokey. “Homes that were once sold for 150 thousand dollars ten years ago are now 700 thousand dollars so I speak about gentrification because the neighborhood was once a completely Black residential district but now whites have moved back because of the history of the neighborhood.” Some blame what’s happening in LeDroit Park and in other communities in DC like Anacostia, Eastern Market and U Street, on gentrification and other’s see it as Black Americans not caring to see the beauty and rich history of the city and instead are running to lower property values but greater bang for their buck in Prince George’s County, MD. “I can appreciate people getting their dollars’ worth but to say that all areas or some areas of DC are ghetto and they should move would be an ignorant choice because we have a rich legacy and history here in DC and to not be aware of that says a lot,” said Smokey. “The housing here is a tremendous benefit, to own property over here is a wise investment. The housing values here are remaining the same and even escalating.” To learn more about the documentary or purchase your piece of DC history, visit www. preservingledroitpark.com.
Frankly, this reassembled ensemble looks a little longin-the-tooth to be partaking in depravity ranging from indiscriminate coupling to over-imbibing in alcohol and ecstasy. A telltale sign that the cast might have run its course is the lack of enthusiasm (other than Eugene Levy and Seann William Scott) with which it delivers its lines. An underwhelming last gasp of an expiring franchise
strictly for diehards inclined to laugh a final time at a plethora of recycled slapstick, potty humor and graphic sight gags. Good (HH) Rated R for full frontal nudity, profanity, drug use, teen drinking, pervasive crude humor and graphic sexuality. Running time: 113 minutes Distributor: Universal Pictures
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The Afro-American, April 14, 2012 - April 20, 2012
AFRO Sports Faceoff: Who Has the Better Big Three in the NBA? Miami or Oklahoma City? By Perry Green and Stephen D Riley AFRO Sports Desk The AFRO sports desk is a little at odds when it comes to comparing the greatness of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Durant has had an MVP-caliber season, but James is no stranger to MVP campaigns, and is having an outstanding season of his own. The argument has gone beyond who’s the better candidate. Instead, the latest debate concerns the surrounding cast of both players. With a heated 98-93 contest won by Miami on April 4 still fresh for both the Thunder and the Heat, Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green sounded off on which squad has the better Big Three. Green: Oklahoma City reserve guard James Harden can’t be checked one-on-one. He has the handle and moves to get past any defender off the dribble and the range on his jumper extends past the three-point line. Simply put, the former top-five draft pick is one of the best scorers in the league. When you bring a guy like him off the bench to pair with Durant and the explosive Russell Westbrook, you have a triple-headed threat, none of whom can be handled one-on-one by any defender. All three can move with the ball, which makes them the best Big Three in the league. Durant is the MVP in my opinion, and Westbrook is the most explosive player at his position—even including guys like Derrick Rose and Deron Williams. Riley: James and Durant can be considered a trade-off—they’re both great players. However, for Miami both Wade and Bosh are among the best at their positions. Bosh hasn’t played up to his talent level this season and Wade has been injured often, but when stable and steady, there’s not a Big Three better in the league. Miami still struggles trying to incorporate the talents of all three at the same time, but pound-for-pound, this is the best collection of talent out there. Wade has dominated in the past when needed, and is still capable of controlling a game. Compared to Westbrook, there really is no comparison. While talented, the combustible Westbrook still has a ways to go until he can be mentioned in the same category as Wade. And while I admit that Harden has outperformed Bosh this year, Bosh has already shown in the past that he can hit big shots in the clutch. Green: I don’t care about seasons ago, I’m talking right now. The Thunder’s trio has been superb, which is why they hold one of the league’s top records. I feel confident enough to say Westbrook is already in Wade’s category, because he’s simply been excellent this season. He’s too quick off the dribble and can get his shot off against any defender in the NBA. He’s stellar on defense himself and has the athleticism and speed to check any opposing guard in the league. Simply put, Westbrook gives this team the edge in this matchup. Riley: The way Westbrook emotionally broke down in last year’s playoffs, I’m not ready to call him the tipping point between the two trios. Wade has always been a dominant performer in the postseason, he’s just been injured this year. A healthy Wade easily trumps Westbrook, whether we’re talking better scorers or better defenders. The only edge I would grant you would be Harden over Bosh, and even that’s a lukewarm argument because Bosh is one of the most complete scorers at the power forward position in the league. When we’re talking trios, Miami’s collection has all the hardware you need, from MVP trophies (both Finals and regular season MVPs for Wade and James) and All-Star appearances. They’ve been in the league longer, which gives them the edge. Until the Thunder are able to tout the same accomplishments, then the better Big Three will reside in South Beach.
Howard’s Women’s Tennis Team Dominates Towson By AFRO Staff The Howard University women’s tennis team showed no rust in its first action in more than two weeks as the Lady Bison easily outperformed Towson University, 6-1, on April 7 in Towson, Md. Howard dominate Towson in both singles and doubles events. Sophomore Katelyn Stokes and junior Brittney Morgan teamed up to take out Towson’s Ayana Dow and Ariel Burke, 9-7, in one doubles contest; sophomore Brooke Hawthorne and senior Michelle Brown then beat Towson’s Nisha Shah and Carley Easdale, 8-3, in the following doubles contest. Howard’s lone loss on the day game Howard Sports Information Photo: in the singles events, but they also won Howard junior Brittney Morgan won in both the five singles contests. Stokes won, 6-2, 6-3, singles and doubles event against Towson on and Morgan won 6-4, 6-4. Senior Anne Akhimien won her singles contest, 6-4, 6-0, while Michelle Brown won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. Freshman Talia Johnson won the final singles victory for Howard with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 win. Howard has one last regular season event scheduled on April 15 vs. George Washington before heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships on April 20 in Raleigh, N.C.
High School Hoops Stars to Gather for 39th Annual Capital Classic By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The 39th annual Capital Classic is set to invade the Washington, D.C. metro area April 21 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. The event will collect some of the finest high school senior talent from around the area to star in a series of all-star games, which in the past have included players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. This year’s group will be headlined by several local stars headed to Division I
schools including Montrose Christian’s Justin Anderson (Virginia), DeMatha’s Jerami Grant (Syracuse) and James Robinson (Pittsburgh). The group will also feature Paul VI’s Patrick Holloway (George Mason) and Landon’s Joe McDonald (George Washington). Players will be divided into four teams including the U.S. All-Stars, the District and Suburban All-Stars and the Capital All-Stars. The U.S. team will feature Sam Cassell, Jr., the son of Washington Wizards assistant head coach and former NBA two-time champion Sam Cassell. Cassell, Jr. will star as one of five recruits headed to the University of Maryland next fall.
Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn leads Boxtorow All-American Team By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO Norfolk State senior center Kyle O’Quinn headlines the Boxtorow Division I HBCU All-American team. O’Quinn was voted the Boxtorow Division I National Player of the Year. In addition to being voted the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player and Defensive Player
of the Year, he also made the Boxtorow All-American first team for the second-straight year. He averaged 15.9 points per game and led the MEAC in rebounding (10.3) and blocked shots (2.7), while shooting 57 percent from the field. In the biggest game of his career, O’Quinn scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Norfolk State, who entered the NCAA Division I Tournament
as the No. 15 seed, defeated No.2 seed Missouri 86-84. Joining O’Quinn in the frontcourt is Robert Covington of Tennessee State and Paul Crosby of Mississippi Valley State. Covington was a first team All-OVC performer after averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. He ranked in the top five in the OVC in scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), steals (5th), three-point percentage (3rd), and blocked shots (4th). On February 9, Covington led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, including a three-pointer that gave the Tigers the lead for good as Tennessee defeated then undefeated and seventhranked Murray State 72-68. Crosby was named Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year after finishing sixth in the league in scoring (13.1), third in rebounding (7.4) and fourth in steals (1.6) in helping lead the Delta Devils to the SWAC regular season and tournament championships. The backcourt consists of Tony Gallo of Coppin State, Darrion Pellum of Hampton and Jay Threatt of Delaware State. Gallo tied for 2nd in the MEAC in scoring (17.1) and averaged 3.7 assists per game which was sixth in the league. His 2.7 three-point field goals made per game was 2nd in the MEAC. See more on afro.com
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AME Church Celebrates 196th Annual Convention AFRO Staff Writer
The Right Rev. Adam J. Richardson Jr., presiding prelate and his wife, Connie Speights Richardson, Episcopal supervisor of the Second Episcopal District.
AME Churches in the Second Episcopal District shared in the hospitality of the Empowerment Temple, where the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant is pastor, as their 196th Annual Conference was held from April 9-14. This year’s meeting carried the theme “This is Our Story: Faith and Freedom, Generation to Generation.” “This is faith and freedom - not just us talking about faith, but also addressing how faith relates to our freedom in the African-American community. Our faith has always been attached to the relevant places where people live and move,” said Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr., presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District. “All of these things go towards the church having an interest in social justice issues.” Conference time is used to report on the welfare of member churches, engage in fellowship, and ordain
ministers and elders. During the session a report on the number of those who have joined the Christian walk since the previous conference is taken, and leaders are expected to give account of their church budget and use of resources. Conference time is also used as a space to grow spiritually, while also becoming engaged in the avid push to increase voter registration, end police brutality, and heighten awareness for the elimination of racial profiling. “I’m looking forward to the business sessions because that is the area where issues are raised, questions are resolved, and accountability takes place,” said Cynthia Bryant Pitts, a self-described “cradle AME” member. Pitts has been an active member of the denomination all her life and now serves as co-chair of the conference, where she shares the responsibility of planning events with Delores Winston. “What’s wonderful about the process is that although it is labor intensive and emotionally intense, I think we come out of it more of a community. We know each other in a different way than we do when we just greet each other in service or at bible study. The diversity of old and new will be exciting to experience.” Other session topics include discussions on the role of men in the church and the use of social media in spreading the gospel of Christ. Whether by text or tweet, the message of using technology to spread faith is now at the top of the to-do list for church leaders nationwide. “Sometimes we get a little hard-nosed about some things, but the truth of the matter is almost everybody has a cell phone and people are even becoming more and more accustomed to using computers, iPads, iPhones and smart phones, ” said Bishop Richardson. “It is a marvelous tool if we would just learn to use it, value it, and appreciate it.” The convention has invited several influential speakers and attendees from across the nation, such as Bishop Gregory Ingram of Texas’ 10th Episcopal District, Dr. Gregory Sutton, of Atlanta, Georgia’s Jackson Memorial AME Church, and Bishop Vashti Murphy, who has returned to her home district in Baltimore for the occasion. Nearly 400 congregations are represented in the Second Episcopal District of the AME Church. Conferences will be held for each section of the district, which is comprised of churches from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C, and Western North Carolina. Though the Baltimore section of the Second Episcopal District holds the title of “oldest conference in black Methodism,” Bishop Richardson reports that the Washington D.C. conference, taking place April 24-28, is now the largest in the district. Conferences will be held in Newport News, VA from May 8-12, and in Fayetteville, N.C. from May 15-19. The last conference of the 2nd Episcopal District will take place in Raleigh, N.C. from May 30- June 2. The General Conference Delegate Caucus will meet in Newport News, Va. June 8-9.
Best Faith-Based Website Awards for 2012 The Web Marketing Association has opened its 16th annual international WebAward competition for website development and is looking for individuals that would like to nominate their organization’s website for Best Faith-Based Website of 2012. To nominate a faith-based website go to http://cl.exct.net/?ju=fe2e177374610175711474 &ls=fdc515727661017b7114747c67&m=ff031571716204&l=fe5c15777d6200747514&s=fd f3157372650d787711737d&jb=ffcf14&t= Past winners of the Best Faith-Based Web site include:
Florida Ave Baptist Church Centennial Presents a Heritage Choral Workshop With Roland Carter
Florida Avenue Baptist Church invites community participation in its Centennial Heritage Choral Workshop, April 27-29, with the distinguished, composer, arranger, conductor, Roland Carter. The workshop focuses on and explores the nuance of the Negro Spiritual through choral music. Roland Carter is the Ruth S. Holmberg UC Foundation Professor of American Music in the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. His accomplishments as a leading figure in choral arts include concerts with major choruses and orchestras in prestigious venues nationwide as well as lectures, workshops, and master classes. He is also the founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publishing company specializing in music and traditions of African American composers. This event is part of Florida Avenue Baptist Church’s celebration of 100 years as a vibrant, vital, joyful, and challenging congregation making a difference in the lives of people, the community, and the world. Located in the LeDroit community in Washington, DC, the church is proud of its commitment of continued service to the LeDroit and Washington community. Florida Avenue Baptist Church is equally proud of its rich musical heritage that reflects a commitment to preserving the traditions of African American Christian music. Florida Avenue Baptist Church is located at 623 Florida Avenue, NW Washington, DC. To request additional information please go to: www.flavbc.org or call the Church Office at (202) 667-3409
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM237 Estate of Mary Lou Watson Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Alice Faye Brailey Torriente for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated May 23, 2002 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication March 30, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN David C. Harty 9900 E Greenbelt Road Unit 125 Lanham, MD 20706 443-858-1335 Signature of TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 Petitioners/Attorney 3/30, 4/6
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM242 Mary Dunbar Sobolewski Decedent John M. Bixler 2001 L Street NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Margaret Esterle Sobolewski, whose address is 155 Shuqhart Road, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Dunbar Sobolewski, who died on March 7 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 30, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 30, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 30, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Margaret Esterle Sobolewski Personal Representative 717-385-1910 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 REGISTER OF WILLS 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM230 John F. Middleton Decedent Thomas H. Queen 530 Eighth Street SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Thomas H. Queen, whose address is 530 Eighth Street SE Washington DC 20003, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John F. Middleton, who died on February 13, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 30, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 30, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 30, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Thomas H. Queen Personal Representative 202-544-4200 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM235 Laura E. McMillan Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Catherine Jones, whose address is 5418 8th Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Laura E. McMillan, who died on December 12, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 30, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 30, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 30, EDT 2012 2012 09:57:48 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Catherine Jones Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 10 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 000274012 IN RE: Timothy Bowler Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Timothy Bowler having filed a complaint for judgment changing Timothy Bowler name to Timothy Jones and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 26th day of March 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 30th day of April 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican. JUDGE TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 A TRUE COPY TEST: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM286 Estate of Lawrence Clarke Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Monica V. Jones for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, theEDT Court2012 may take 09:57:15 the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Ordered any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated March 27, 2008 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition 0 Appoint an unsupervised personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 6, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN William A. Bland 1140 Connecticut Ave NW #1100 Washington DC 20036 Signature of TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 Petitioners/Attorney 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0003063-12 IN RE: OMID GABRIEL SHAHI Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Omid Gabriel Shahi having filed a complaint for judgment changing Omid Gabriel Shahi name to Omid Gabriel Bañuelos and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 5th day of April 2012, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 10th day of May 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
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TYPESET: Tue2012 Apr 10 09:49:21 2012 TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 09:54:06 LEGALEDT NOTICES TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 09:49:43 2012 TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 09:48:33 LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM250 Eloise Green aka Eloise C. Green Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Regina M Gray and Miriam L. Maloney, whose address(es) are 1122 Galloway Street NE Washington DC 20011 and 9303 Allentown Road, Ft. Washington MD 20746were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Eloise Green aka Eloise C. Green, who died on November 11, 2004 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. unknown 09:48:10 EDTAll2012 heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Regina M. Gray Miriam L. Maloney Personal Representative 202-832-0043 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM18 Mesfin Techane Mebratu Decedent Douglas R. Stevens 3158 O Street NW Washington DC 20007 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Ezana Negussu Wakjira, whose address is 1112 Devere Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland 20903 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mesfin Techane Mebratu, who died on October 13, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ezana Negussu Wakjira Personal Representative 804-426-3876 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM289 Lula Mae FriersonJackson Decedent Lynn H. Johnson Esq with Law firm of Johnson & Pavuk 1413 K Street NW Suite 1500 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Adrieene McKoy, whose address is 3408 Curtis Drive, Apt 202 Suitland MD 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lula Mae Frierson-Jackson, who died on January 1, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lula Mae FriersonJackson Personal Representative 202-439-5635 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM304 Ella M. Williams Decedent William R. Voltz 2120 L Street NW Suite 700 Washington DC 20037 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Shirley M. Williams, whose address is 612 Van Buren Street, NW Washington DC 20012 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ella M. Williams, who died on January 17, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shirley M. Williams Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
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Anna Davis Hill having filed a complaint for judgment changing Anna Davis Hill name to Anna Marie Felder Davis and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 14th day of March 2011, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 18th day of April 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE TYPESET: Apr 10 A TRUETue COPY TEST: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM261 Mary Lee Sanders Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Beverly Renee Sanders, whose address is 4354 D Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Lee Sanders, who died on February 1, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Beverly Renee Sanders Personal Representative 202-581-8317 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 10 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM275 Bernice Rachel Berry Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Raymond E. Wiggins, whose address is 302 Stevenson Lane, Hyattsville MD 20785 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Bernice Rachel Berry, who died on February 17, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills 09:54:34 EDT 2012 of or filed with the Register Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Raymond E. Wiggins Personal Representative 301-499-3230 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Apr 10 REGISTER WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM257 Barbara Ann Brown Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
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Erick Brown, whose address is 10482 Baltimore Ave #238, Beltsville MD 20705, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Barbara Ann Brown, who died on June 18, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, 09:53:23 EDT 2012 on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or Superior Court of legatees of the decedent who the District of do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days District of Columbia of its first publication shall so PROBATE DIVISION inform the Register of Wills, Washington, D.C. including name, address and 20001-2131 relationship. Administration No. Date of Publication: 2012ADM260 April 6, 2012 Exie Lee Oakley Name of newspaper: Afro-American Decedent Washington Law NOTICE OF Reporter APPOINTMENT, Erick Brown NOTICE TO Personal CREDITORS Representative AND NOTICE TO 202-509-7513 TRUE TEST COPY UNKNOWN HEIRS REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 10 Janet Oakley Huggins, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 whose address is 1107 Fern Street NW Washington DC 20012, was appointed perSuperior Court of sonal representative of the the District of estate of Exie Lee Oakley, who died on August 7, 2012 District of Columbia without a Will, and will serve PROBATE DIVISION without Court supervision. All Washington, D.C. unknown heirs and heirs 20001-2131 whose whereabouts are unAdministration No. known shall enter their 2012ADM241 appearance in this proceedQuintin Harold ing. Objections to such appointment shall be filed Hilliard with the Register of Wills, Decedent D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., NOTICE OF 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. APPOINTMENT, 20001, on or before October NOTICE TO 6, 2012. Claims against the CREDITORS decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a AND NOTICE TO copy to the Register of Wills UNKNOWN HEIRS or filed with the Register of Alfonzo Hilliard, whose adWills with a copy to the dress is 12227 Kingswell undersigned, on or before Street, Mitchellville, MD October 6, 2012, or be for20721 was appointed perever barred. Persons besonal representative of the lieved to be heirs or legatees estate of Quintin Harold Hilof the decedent who do not liard, who died on February receive a copy of this notice 21, 2012 with a Will, and will by mail within 25 days of its serve without Court supervifirst publication shall so insion. All unknown heirs and form the Register of Wills, heirs whose whereabouts including name, address and are unknown shall enter their relationship. appearance in this proceedDate of Publication: ing. Objections to such April 6, 2012 appointment (or to the proName of newspaper: bate of decedent´s will) shall Afro-American be filed with the Register of Washington Law Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, Reporter N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, Janet Oakley Huggins D.C. 20001, on or before Personal October 6, 2012. Claims Representative against the decedent shall be 202-509-7513 presented to the underTRUE TEST COPY signed with a copy to the REGISTER OF WILLS Register of Wills or filed with 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alfonzo Hilliard Personal Representative 301-390-8475 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM149 Hyacinth McMorris Decedent Robert M. McCarthy 4405 East West Highway, Suite 201 Bethesda, MD 20814 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM264 Mary Achatz aka Mary Ruth Achatz Decedent Sherri M. Stahl, Krauthamer & Stahl, Chartered 5530 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 801 Chevy Chase MD 20815 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. 2012CA001646 R(RP) Isaah Cunningham 417 U Street, NW Washington DC 20001 PLAINTIFF v. Julia Theresa Roy 417 U Street,NW Washington DC 20001 and THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Serve: Mayor of The District of Columbia 1350 Pennsylvania Av NW, #419 Washington DC 20001 Serve: Attorney General Of The District Of Columbia Attn: Darlene Fields 441 44th Street, NW Washington DC 20001 and
Laurel Howell, whose address is 13971 Dominion Place, Davie, FL 33325 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hyacinth McMorris, who died on December 17, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Laurel Howell Personal 09:52:28 EDT 2012 Representative TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 REGISTER OF WILLS 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM244 Charles Junior Lewis Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Nannette C. Lewis, whose address is 3012 Marshall Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Charles Junior Lewis, who died on January 27, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Nannette C. Lewis 09:51:54 EDT 2012 Personal Representative 757-256-9744 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM274 Kumash M. Deonauth Decedent William A. Bland, Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW, #1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Diane A. Deonauth, whose address is 6520 Eastern Ave, NE Washington DC 20012 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Kumash M. Deonauth, who died on May 14, 2005 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Diane A. Deonauth Personal Representative 202-423-3808 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
John Achatz, whose address is 145 Tremont Street, #400, Boston MA 02111 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Achatz aka Mary Ruth Achatz, who died on March 6, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 09:50:59 EDT 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter John Achatz Personal Representative 617-224-0608 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 10 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
All Unknown Owners of the Property and Their Heirs Assigns or Successors if Living; if Deceased, Their Heirs and Unknown Heirs, and All Unknown Persons Claiming Any Legal or Equitable Right, Title, Estate, Lien, or Interest in the Property Described as Square/Lot 3081/0006, address 417 U Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001
In accordance with D.C. Official Code §47-1375 (2001), the object of this proceeding is to quiet title through adverse possession the following real property located in the District of Columbia, with a street address of 417 U Street, N.W. and described as: Lot number six (6) in block numbered fourteen (14) in A. L. Barger´s subdivision known as “Le Droit Park”, as per plat recorded in the Office of the Surveyor for the District of Columbia in Liber Governor Shephard at folio 18. Pursuant to the Chief Judge´s Administration Order Number 02-11, it is this 22nd day of February, 2012, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in The Afro-American Newspaper (Washington), having a general circulation in the District Columbia, 09:48:57 EDTof 2012 once a week for three (3) successive weeks, notifying notifying all unknown owners Superior Court of of the Property, their heirs, devisees, personal reprethe District of sentatives, and executors, District of Columbia administrators, grantees, asPROBATE DIVISION signs or successors in right, Washington, D.C. title, interest, and any and all 20001-2131 other persons having or Administration No. claiming to have any interest in the leasehold of fee simple 2012ADM157 in the Property and premises LONNIE COOK JR. described above to appear in Decedent this Court by the 30th day of NOTICE OF April, 2012 and to show APPOINTMENT, cause, if any, they may have NOTICE TO as to why a judgment should CREDITORS not be passed or prayed. By: AND NOTICE TO /s/ Hon. Curtis E. von Kann UNKNOWN HEIRS District of Columbia Donna M. Johnson, whose 3/30, 4/6, 4/13 address is 319 Upshur Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lonnie Cook Jr., who died on December 4, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: 09:47:21 EDT 2012 Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Donna M. Johnson Personal Representative 202-442-8532 202-327-4910 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Apr 10 09:50:11 EDT 2012 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM256 Estate of Robert Dixon Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Ann Sykes Dixon for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated July 25, 1992 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise 0 Ordered any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated July 25, 1992 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 6, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Peter N. Mann Esq 1350 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 202 Washington DC 20036 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 4/6, 4/13
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